Sandra at Transpose Barbican with Chris Red (onscreen)

...storytelling with conscience & consciousness.

– d'bi.young.anitafrica

Sandra is a writer, filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist and curator who has published and presented widely throughout the UK, North America and Europe. 


(San uses the pronouns 'she/her' or 'they/them'.)


Sandra is co-editor (with Khairani Barokka & Daniel Sluman) of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, an anthology of 54 UK poets published by Nine Arches Press in 2017. Their poetic love affair with voice-activated software and disability poetics, Naturally Speaking, co-won Canada's 2013 bpNichol Award. They have published two other books of poetry and a chapbook of short fiction.


Sandra's short stories, poems, essays, plays and artworks have been anthologised in publications including Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals (Comma Press, 2017), Protest! Stories of Resistance (Comma Press, 2017), The State of the Arts (Coach House Books, 2006) and Feral Feminisms. 


Sandra's readings and performances include Edinburgh Filmhouse, Transpose (Barbican), Last Word (Roundhouse), Ledbury Poetry Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Soho Theatre (with Oxford Playhouse), Arts & Precarity Cabaret, Aye Write!, Jawdance (Apples & Snakes), Ottawa International Writers Festival and VERSeFest. They have a reputation for innovative interdisciplinary collaborations, and have collaborated in groups including They They Theys and Zorras.


In 2016-17, Sandra was commissioned for Disability Arts Online's Viewfinder project, where they co-curated an exciting playlist of films by and about disabled and D/deaf artists, and co-created five new documentaries (with Lisa Mattocks and SICK! Festival). Sandra was one of Anatomy Arts' Associate Artists for 2016, collaborating with 15 artists and developing a live short story reading and film project based on their story, 'Equivalence' (published by Comma). This went on to feature at Transpose (Barbican, London) and Edinburgh Filmhouse.


Sandra's group art shows include London's Tate Modern, Glasgow's Transmission and Berlin's Schwules Museum. They have exhibited solo work at Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham), Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, macrobert Stirling, Malmo Queer Film Festival, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival and Entzaubert Queer DIY Film Festival (Berlin). In 2013, they were awarded an LGBT History Month Cultural Commission (National Lottery) to mentor D/deaf and disabled queer and trans filmmakers in Scotland.


Since 2009, Sandra has curated Scotland's intersectional arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! They have been artist-in-residence at Canada's Banff Centre, Mexico's FONCA, and Scotland's GoMA. Along with Ajamu X, they were an inaugural artist-in-residence at Trongate 103.


The place is rammed...and the show does not disappoint. Reminiscent of Miranda July and complemented by a deadpan delivery, Alland's words are at once both drolly funny and sweetly strange. 

– Lock Up Your Daughters Magazine, Glasgow

photo by Kat Gollock